Monday Milers

The Monday Milers hikes are more challenging than the Friday Rollers hikes.  The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph.  Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes.  We  stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).

Regular departure time and place:  The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64.  Start time is 9:00 AM.  Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.

Hike leader:  Richard Mayberry  828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), mayberryfinearts@gmail.com

If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.

“All who wander are not lost.”–J.R.R. Tolkien

HIKE SCHEDULE
MONDAY MILERS:  SPRING/SUMMER 2022
Adventures with Richard…

May 9 GREEN RIVER GAME LANDS – GREEN RIVER COVE TRAIL
6.8 miles, 720’ ascent, R7, $5.00 car fee
An in and out hike. Access from I-26/Saluda exit on Green River Cove Rd., park at Wilderness Cove parking.

May 16 SOAPSTONE RIDGE
6.8 miles, 800’ climb, R6, $3.00
From the gauging tower off Yellow Gap Rd. we hike in on the South Mills River trail, take a left onto a “user trail” hike up Soapstone Ridge to Barnett Branch, right, then down to Pink Beds, right, right again to the connector trail returning to our cars.

May 23 DANIEL RIDGE WITH EXTRAS
10 miles, 2,200’ ascent, 1600’ descent, R8, car fee: $2.00
From Cove Creek trail head we hike on a “user trail” over to Daniel Ridge, do the loop turning left on a logging trail to the apex of the Caney Bottom/Cove Creek trails, then back to our cars.

May 30 TRAMBATORE TRAIL VARIATION*
5.3 miles, 1,050’ climb, R7, car fee: $5.00
From Bear Wallow Road we hike in and out on Trambatore Trails.
* I will investigate some other possibilities in the area to create a new hike.

June 6 BUTTER GAP/CAT GAP LOOP
9 miles, 1,900’ climb, 1,840’ descent, R9, car fee $2.00
A loop, from Fish Hatchery up Cat Gap to Butter Gap to Art Loeb to Cat Gap back

June 13 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN
5.7 miles, 1,300’ ascent/descent, R5, car fee: $2.00
A lollipop trail, from parking we hike the Bracken Mtn. trail (blue), to the shortcut trail (yellow), then left onto Mackey Ridge trail (red).

June 20 SASSAFRAS MTN. FOOTHILLS TRAIL, NORTH
5.0 miles, 1,000’ descent, 400’ ascent est., R6, $4.00 suggested car fee
A shuttle hike from the top of Sassafras Mtn. to Highway 178.

June 27 SOAPSTONE RIDGE
6.8 miles, 800’ climb, R6, $3.00
From the gauging tower off of Yellow Gap Rd. we hike in on the South Mills River trail, take a left onto a “user trail” hike up Soapstone Ridge to Barnett Branch, right, then down to Pink Beds, right, right again to the connector trail returning to our cars.

July 4 LITTLE SAM LOOP
5-6 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00 car fee
From the side parking on road 816 we walk down to the Big Sam parking. From there we hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam Trail, go up to Little Sam and out on the rock for lunch. Then we return to our cars via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

July 11 BIG ROCK/BURNT MTN.
Possible blueberry hike in early July
5.6 miles, 750’ ascent, R6
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike out the Corn Mills Shoals trail, turning left onto Big Rock Trail hiking up Cedar Rock, turning left onto Cedar Rock Trail, then right onto Little River Trail, and back to Corn Mills Shoals, jog right and hike the Burnt Mountain trail, turn right for a short hike to the Little River for lunch. We then return to our cars on the Corn Mills Shoals trail.

July 18 ANNUAL TUBING GET TOGETHER.
1-2 miles, negligible elevation, R1, no car fee
This will be a shuttle “hike”: Pick up tubes by Dolly’s, I’ll bring my trailer, we will leave a car, drive to the Art Loeb parking area, walk to the deep pool with seating, tube back to Dolly’s….there must be a reason I mentioned Dolly’s so many times. WEAR SWIM WEAR!

July 25 HIKE ON YOUR OWN

August 1 GRAVEYARD FIELDS LOOP, 2
6+ miles, 700’ ascent more or less, R8, $5.00
From Big Sam parking we hike out Ivestor Gap to Graveyard Ridge trail, turning right onto the Mountains to Sea Trail and returning to Rd 816 and hiking back to cars.

August 8 BUCK SPRING TO PISGAH INN
6.3 miles, 1,000 ascent, 65’ descent, R7, car fee: $4.00.
A shuttle: leave a car at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Spring parking on HWY 276. Let’s plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn?

August 15 RAINBOW FALLS
4.8 miles, 840’ ascent/descent, R5, $5.00 suggested car fee
From Rainbow Falls parking we hike past Rainbow Falls to the end of the trail, return but detour to Stairstep Falls for lunch. Swimming is suggested in warmer months.

August 22 MOUNTAINS TO SEA, GREEN KNOB TRAIL
4.6 miles, 700’ climb, 500 descent, R5, suggested car fee: $5.00
A shuttle, from 215 near the BRP we hike SW on the MTS to Green Knob Trail, short distance
to lunch, then back to the MST to parking at Rough Butt overlook. This hike is in the Middle Prong Wilderness.

August 29 PANTHERTOWN EAST
7.5 miles, out and back, 1,300’ climb, R7, car fee: $3.00
Parking at Cold Mountain Gap trailhead, we hike in on Panthertown Valley Trail, turning right onto Devil’s Elbow to West Fork Way intersection. Then we return to our car(s). We will stop at several waterfalls including Red Butt Falls, Elbow Falls, Riding Ford Falls, Warden’s Falls, and Jawbone Falls.

September 5 WADING AT TURKEY PEN
7.2 miles, 700’ ascent, R7, car fee: $2.00
From Turkey Pen parking we hike Vineyard Gap, left at Riverside trail and back via short up to cars.

September 12 HIKE ON YOUR OWN

September 19 BLACK BALSAM/TENNANT MOUNTAIN
4.9 miles, 480’ ascent, R5
A loop from Big Sam parking we hike back on Rd. 816 to the Art Loeb Trail, go up Black Balsam and over to Tennant Mountain and down to Ivestor Gap where we take the Investor Gap trail back to cars.

September 26 FISH HATCHERY TO LOWE’S
11.3 miles, 1,170’ ascent, 1,425’ descent, R9
A shuttle hike from the Fish Hatchery on RR 475c, Horse Cove Rd., we go gradually up and around transferring to Joel Branch Rd., RR 5002, via a new connector trail, and go to the Art Loeb Trail, then right onto the Estatoe trail to finish our hike at Lowe’s.